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Jason/Medea At-Sea Personnel Requirements

The following section lists personnel required to deploy WHOI ROV and towed systems and their responsibilities. Jason/Medea operations require six people per watch (3 from DSL personnel, 3 from the science party) to maintain round-the-clock operations. Watch sections are generally 4 hours on, 8 hours off.

The National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF) supplies nine individuals for maintenance, navigation, piloting and engineering stations as well as a data processor to assist with reduction of the data. Watchstanders provided by the science party will assist in vehicle control, data logging, and watch command. Depending on the vessel, the science party may also be called upon to assist with vehicle launch and recovery.

Position Science NDSF
Pilots   3
Navigator   3
Engineer/winch operator   3
Non-watch data processor * 1
Watch leader 3  
Data loggers 6  
Total 9 10
*May be provided at the discretion of the science party.

The standard turnaround time for vehicle redeployment is 12 hours, but Jason personnel will always attempt to keep turnaround time to a minimum.